As discussed in an earlier post, Birth Control Effectiveness - How Risky is Your Birth Control?, there is a big difference between Perfect Use and Typical Use when it comes to efficacy. Most people hear Perfect Use efficacy from manufacturers and health providers, but Typical Use efficacy is actually much more important.
Perfect Use efficacy is the effectiveness of a birth control method in an ideal situation. Typical Use efficacy is how well a birth control method works when we take into account how people actually use it in the real world. This is why it's so important to know how effective your chosen family planning option is in Typical Use, not just in a lab.
Of course we're proud of the fact that CycleBeads is very effective in both Perfect Use (95% effective) and Typical Use (88% effective).
Interestingly, efficacy rates can change as new studies are conducted. The chart above shows information from the most recent Contraceptive Technology. Information that was updated from previous editions includes:
- The pill is now considered 91% effective in Typical Use (down from 92%).
- The diaphragm is now considered 88% effective in Typical Use (up from 84%).